HARRISON CITY (KDKA) — A Penn Trafford graduate and star pitcher has died following a weekend car crash.
Maclean Maund was a freshman at Seton Hill University and a member of the baseball team. He graduated from Penn Trafford just last spring.
Maund died Saturday following a head-on crash along Route 130, between Jeannette and Harrison City. His vehicle ended up sideways on the road and was struck by a pickup truck. He was on the way to see his girlfriend.
Maund was rushed to Forbes Hospital where he died from his injuries.
“The temperature was above 40 degrees on the day of the accident,” says Penn Township Police Chief John Otto. “There’s some water that was on the highway.”
During his senior year at Penn Trafford, he helped guide the baseball team all the way to the WPIAL championship game.
In the spring, he was set to play with the Seton Hill team. The university has released this statement following his death:
“The Seton Hill University community is mourning the death of a student. Maclean (Mac) Maund, a freshman business administration major from Harrison City, Pa., died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Penn Township.
“Maclean was a member of the Seton Hill University baseball team and was looking forward to his first season of play as a pitcher and first baseman with the Griffins this spring.
“Seton Hill extends its deepest condolences to Maclean’s family, friends and teammates, and we hold them in our continued prayers. Counseling services are available to students, faculty and staff, and a memorial service for Maclean will be scheduled at a later date.”
“The news was devastating hard to believe. Most of our kids are waiting to wake up,” said Coach Marc Marizzaldi.
“If you knew Mac, he was an absolutely fierce competitor,” he went on to say. “And that’s probably what drew him to all of his other teammates. They loved him. He brought so much energy and charisma each and every day.”
On Saturday we heard terrible news that one of our players, Maclean Maund, is no longer with us. We’ve had the pleasure of being able to coach and play with him last season. Thoughts and prayers to the Maund family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/Ulc2h05z2s
— Bushy Run Legion Baseball (@BushyRunBB) January 27, 2020
Kenny Creehan said Mac had big dreams after college. Creehan coached Mac on Team All American.
“I know he had aspirations of hoping to get a chance after college to go the next level — very well may have had. He had the talent and the ability. He had the mindset. It’s a shame that that opportunity never came to fruition,” Creehan says.
Visitation will be held Tuesday at the John V. Graziano Funeral Home in Jeannette. He will then be laid to rest on Wednesday.
Counseling services are available today at Seton Hill for any students in need of help dealing with the tragedy.
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